The Burger Inn has been open since 1952. It is one of those “oldie goldies,” as my Mom would say that can be found only in Central Florida.
The menu has not stayed the same, and they’ve updated it to include things like a black bean chipotle burger and the Impossible Burger (plant-based vegan). I don’t consider either of those “updated” items a burger, but that’s a battle for another day, and no, I did not order them.
There is curb service, so you have the option to sit in your car, have a tray hung outside your window, and eat there like it was back in the day. You must turn on your headlights when you arrive if you want a server to come out to you.
I had just driven a few hours straight, so the last thing I was interested in doing was sitting in my car. There are about ten tables littered around the front of the Burger Inn with a few counter seats inside.
Much like I did in high school, I took my place at the table on the side, partially obscured from the view of everyone.
I knew I was doing a chili dog and a cheeseburger but threw in the chili at the last moment on a whim. Thinking about it now, it didn’t make much sense to order a chili and a chili dog.
I loved the chili, but it was a mistake to add that nacho cheese ooze to it, straight up onions would have been perfect. I took the dog with chili, onions, and mustard, good move by me, the BB!
Once I noticed that the burger menu wasn’t adhering to its old school roots, I went the bacon cheeseburger route.
I lathered up the bottom bun with ketchup, mustard, and mayo, and I was in heaven. It’s just how I would do it when I was a kid, and now I do it when I want to relive those great childhood memories.
If I had to do it all over again, I still wouldn’t have eaten in my car, but I definitely would have made my burger a double, extra vegan mayo and mozzarella cheese.
Just kidding, everyone knows those things don’t exist.
1819 N Harbor City Blvd